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19 Sept 2018 marked the 125th anniversary of New Zealand granting women the right to vote, becoming the first independent country to do so. The movement for female suffrage was led by Kate Sheppard and the base from which she co-ordinated the operation was her home on Clyde Road in Christchurch. Surrounded by a magnificent garden, lovingly created by the present owner, the well-proportioned single story villa presents a striking vista that would still be instantly recognisable to its original owner, but this is much more than a lovely character home. Under the stewardship of the current owner this important Heritage listed home has been transformed into a show place that few private residences can match. Alterations have been made to make it fit for 21st century living, but all fully complementing the original form and character, so that this home can still be appreciated as the home where Kate Sheppard lived and associated with the major players in the campaign that led to women's rights. The symmetrically planned kauri villa, is constructed in typical style for the late 1880's with weatherboard cladding and a slate roof, punctuated by two brick chimneys, outlet for one of the last permitted open fires in the city. The eight room house has a 3.6 metre stud (12 feet in Sheppard's day) with public rooms opening from a wide central hallway. The doors to these rooms have been removed to allow them to be used as an elegant open-plan space, perfect for entertaining, a frequent pastime with many charity and fund raising events being hosted here.
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